First Christmas Without Mother

Tonight my wife and I visited Elaine while looking over old photographs and recounting happier days. In some ways seeing ourselves at different ages and sharing old memories proved bittersweet. Much has changed in all our lives again just over the last several weeks.

This is our first Christmas without Mother. In our looking through the memorabilia together, I discovered a long forgotten letter I had written Mother. My letter had been written over 22 years ago following the death of her mom. In tearfully reading the letter aloud, the words of compassion and hope that I had sent Mother decades ago brought me personal encouragement tonight.

Losing a loved one close to a holiday is tough. One can bathe oneself in the warm memories via photos and letters with loved ones that rekindle the joys of former holidays. Such activities may be sad yet are important in wading through the muck of grief. My finding that letter tonight had not been a mere accident but a divine God appointment. Such occurrences as these shed His light and love down a dark night of the soul.

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About Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering

Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering shares the true story about a sudden family tragedy. As author of the book to be published in the summer of 2014, the true account tells of my sister being rear ended by a drunk driver. She barely survives the high speed crash being left to live as a quadriplegic. Written from a brother's perspective, the manuscript shares the heartfelt story of ongoing physical and emotional pain experienced by both victim and family. Only through God's grace can a family survive such a tragedy!
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3 Responses to First Christmas Without Mother

  1. Patty says:

    Very true – His way of reaching down from Heaven to comfort us, I believe! God bless.

  2. Tammy inman says:

    What a great reminder of the ways God sends comfort to us. Continued prayers for your family.

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